A GUIDE TO VINTAGE STAR WARS FIGURES & ACCESSORIES

Palitoy Return of the Jedi Cardbacks 

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ROTJ 45C CARDBACK

This card variation is 45C and was the first card to be released for the third film. The front of the card features the ROTJ logo and no Palitoy logo. None of the ROTJ card variations have a Palitoy logo on the front. It was only released for figures that appeared on the Star Wars and ESB cards and and features the same set of 45 figures listed on the back of the card as are listed on the back of the 45B. The last 3 ESB figures which were Zuckuss, Imperial TIE fighter Pilot and 4-LOM are not shown on the back of the card despite being available on this card variation. Beneath the listed figures are details of a special offer to receive the Nien Nunb figure, a new ROTJ figure. This required sending 6 name tags to the given Palitoy address along with the current first class letter postage rate. There is also text saying Offer open to U.K. residents only to the left of the Palitoy address. In the bottom right hand corner on the back of the card are the letters (ROJ1) showing that this was the first release of a ROTJ card. This card variation was manufactured in the Coalville factory in the UK, despite it saying Made in Hong Kong on the front the card in the bottom right hand corner.

Again, the Palitoy factory ran out of 45C cards for certain figures and applied a Palitoy sticker to the bottom half of the reverse of the card of foreign cards. The German ROTJ card was used for this and it has an identical front to the 45C. With the Palitoy sticker applied to the back of the card the back also looked identical to the back of a 45C card with the exception of the the text listing the number of figures to collect which is absent on the German ROTJ card. R2-D2 With Sensorscope is known to have come out on this sub variation which is known as 45CD, the D standing for Deutschland/German.

There are two sub variations where the letters HG and HN follow the letters (ROJ1) on the bottom right hand corner on the back of the card. These cards were manufactured in Asia by the Palitoy (Far East) Ltd company. This factory code was added to differentiate the cards from the 45C variation which was manufactured in the Coalville factory in the UK. The first letter H denotes the factory location which is in Hong Kong. The second letter denotes the factory. HN was another Hong Kong factory. HG was Kader Industries, where all of the early card variations were made. The sub variation 45CG with the letters HG has been seen on the Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Jawa (Cloth Cape), Imperial Commander and Luke Skywalker (X-Wing Pilot) figures. The sub variation 45CN with the letters HN has been seen on the Stormtrooper, Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear), IG-88 (Bounty Hunter), Han Solo (Hoth Outfit) and Lando Calrissian, Dengar, Rebel Commander, AT-AT Driver, 2-1B and Luke Skywalker (Hoth Battle Gear) figures. The 45CN variation also has a perforated punch when compared to the 45C variation.

In the Netherlands, the 45C variation was sold with a wrap round Clipper sticker. The front of the card has the sticker on the right hand bottom corner with the same text that features on the 45BN in the tilted white box. The back of the card has the Clipper sticker on the lower half of the card covering up the English text that is there. Since this was not made up to be a Palitoy card, but a Clipper card, it is not given a sub variation on the Palitoy cardback guide. The background colour for the back of the wrap round sticker is normally black but can sometimes be white as well.  The text on the white version is a little different in places too compared to the black version. 

This card variation was also released with a tearaway mini catalogue on the back of the card.

This card variation used double stemmed bubbles.

There are examples of single stemmed bubbles being used, but these are quite rare. This has been seen on Chewbacca.

There are also examples of the larger Tri-Logo style bubble appearing on this card but they are not as common. These bubbles have rounded corners and square corners on the back plate.

Most of these bubbles are not sealed in the two areas where the double stem would be if the bubble being sealed was double stemmed. This is because the machine in the factory that sealed the bubbles was set up so that it could seal both double stemmed bubbles and rectangular bubbles without machinery parts needing to be changed. This is most noticeable on the Jawa example below.

Some cards were sent to Spain for packaging with PBP figures and sale on the Spanish market. The Han Solo Hoth shown here is a PBP figure with a Tri-Logo style bubble. Some of them had the tearaway mini catalogue shown above on the back which was added for sale in the Dutch market. There are also a lot of Tri-Logo bubbles found on Walrus Man with the PBP figure shown below.

On the 45CN variation, these rectangular bubbles were also used, some with numbers embossed on the bubble in the bottom right hand corner. 2-1B and Lando Calrissian have the number 03A. They are easily recognised by their perforated punch. The same bubbles were used on the 45CG variation. Boba Fett also had a folded footplate. AFA label this as a Transition Blister, but in practice it is the bubble that was used in the China factory. It is very unusual to see a footplate as these were not used after the 45A variation. Darth Vader used a bubble which is wider and shorter than that used on the 45C variation and has the number 05.

This card variation was in the stock of unused cardbacks acquired by Toy Toni after the Palitoy factory closed and subsequently made into MOC with unused bubbles. The most common unused cardbacks were 885 Luke Skywalker, 482 Boba Fett, 467 Lobot, 417 Death Star Droid, 301 2-1B and 132 Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues). Then 47 Han Solo, 27 AT-AT Commander, 12 Yoda and 8 (Twin-Pod) Cloud Car Pilot. There are the three different types of Boba Fett categorised by AFA on this card that are due to Toy Toni. It has always been thought odd that later Tri Logo versions of Boba Fett could have legitimately appeared on this earlier card variation. 45CG and 45CN variations are unaffected and are not Toy Toni stock. Rectangular bubbles with square corners and rounded corners on the back plate were used by Toni and these bubbles are not seen on shop sold examples for the figures he used them on for this card variation, except for Han Solo.
 
For Boba Fett, as well as the rectangular bubble, he also used a double stemmed bubble and this is narrower than the shop sold examples. This can also be seen on the imprint from the used cardback. Note the circular impression at the top of the bubble. This unsealed circle is an indication of a factory seal that is not present on Toni’s seals. Also, it can be seen that the Toni double stem bubble is not big enough for the figure which is always in the bubble at an angle so it will fit. This is a mistake that would have been unlikely to have been made at the factory. The cards with double stem bubbles often have iron and score marks on them and melted bubbles showing that these were an early effort at attaching bubbles to unused cardbacks. 

On the double stem bubble, it can be seen on the genuine bubble that the distance between the stems is wider on the shop sold example on the left compared to the Toni on the right.

Toni also used a much deeper rectangular bubble shown on the left below. The genuine factory seal using this bubble is shown in the middle below. There are gaps in the bottom of the seal where there factory sealer was also configured to seal double stemmed bubbles. Seals with these gaps are genuine. The edge of the bubble is also unsealed on the left hand side. Unsealed edges like this are also the sign of a factory seal. There is also a one of a kind example using a single stemmed bubble on the right below which is due to Toy Toni.

For Luke Skywalker he used a wide rectangular bubble shown below on the left whereas the genuine example above uses a narrower rectangular bubble. The genuine rectangular bubble shown second from right has a narrower backplate and bubble when compared to the wider rectangular bubble that Toni used which is shown on the far right. The genuine bubble is also off centre versus the bubble area. This is because the factory sealer placed the bubble at a fixed distance from the edge of the card regardless of what figure was being sealed. So on some figures, the bubble is quite offset from the coloured bubble area. Toni cantered his over this coloured bubble area, so ones which are offset are the sign of a factory seal. 

Genuine factory seals can also been found with a double stemmed bubble. You can see the imprint of the double stems on the used cardback shown below on the left. Toni used the same narrow double stemmed bubble he used on Boba Fett and this bubble is different to the ones seen on genuine factory seals. He used this double stemmed bubble on many other figures too. The angle between the top of the double stemmed bubble and the sides of the double stemmed bubble is more pronounced on Tonis bubbles making them look more pointy, whereas on genuine double stemmed bubbles there is no angle and they don’t look pointy. There is also a one of a kind example using a single stem bubble with an 03 embossed in the bottom right hand corner normally seen on the 45B variation which can be seen on the far right which is down to Toni.

For Lobot he used a wide rectangular bubble and also the same narrow double stemmed bubble he used on the figures above. The genuine example shown above also uses a double stemmed bubble. This can also be seen on the imprint from the used cardback.

The genuine double stemmed bubble is slightly shorter and wider than the narrower and taller double stemmed bubble Toni used. The genuine bubble is shown on the left and the Toni bubble is shown in the middle next to it. The Toni bubble has the same pointy look as the Luke Skywalker example above. Again, there is also a one of a kind example using a single stem bubble with an 03 embossed in the bottom right hand corner normally seen on the 45B variation which can be seen on the far right which is down to Toni. And this one came with a sales receipt from 2001 with Toni’s name and address on it!

For Death Star Droid he also used a wide rectangular bubble whereas the genuine example shown above uses a double stemmed bubble. This can also be seen on the imprint from the used cardback. 

For 2-1B he used a wide rectangular bubble whereas the genuine example uses a double stemmed bubble as can be seen on the imprint from the used cardback. Almost all of Toni’s cards for this figure used the rectangular bubble but he also used the same double stemmed bubble with the pointy look as the figures above on a few examples, the one below was purchased directly from Toy Toni. The 45CN variation was made and assembled in Hong Kong, and this genuine card can be easily spotted by the perforated punch as seen on the example above.

For Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues) he used a rectangular bubble with square corners. This bubble has rounded corners on the back plate. The genuine Tri-Logo style bubble shown above has rounded corners and square corners on the back plate and you can see the comparison of these two bubbles below. Almost all of Toni’s cards for this figure used the rectangular bubble but he also used the same double stemmed bubble with the pointy look as the figures above on a few examples, the one below was purchased directly from Toy Toni. There are also genuine examples of double stemmed bubbles being used as shown by the used cardback with the Tesco price sticker.

For Han Solo he used a rectangular bubble with square corners. This bubble has rounded corners on the back plate. Genuine examples have a Tri-Logo style bubble with rounded bubble corners and square corners on the back plate shown above and on the imprint on the used cardback below second from left. There are also used cardbacks with a double stem bubble imprint second from right below so double stemmed bubbles are genuine. And there is also an example of a shop sold used cardback with a rectangular bubble imprint shown on the right so some rectangular bubbles are also genuine. 

For AT-AT Commander he also used a wide rectangular bubble whereas the genuine example shown above uses a double stemmed, Tri-Logo style or narrower rectangular bubble. You can see the imprint of the double stems on the used cardback shown second from left. Toni used a rectangular bubble with square corners. This bubble has rounded corners on the back plate. The genuine rectangular bubble shown second from right has a narrower backplate and bubble when compared to the wider rectangular bubble that Toni used which is shown to the left of it in the middle picture. The genuine Tri-Logo style bubble shown above has rounded corners and square corners on the back plate and you can see this bubble on the picture on the far right.

The unused cardback counts for Yoda of 12 and Cloud Car Pilot of 8 are very low. They both only came on double stemmed bubbles as can be seen on the carded examples above and the imprints on the used cardbacks below. Yoda was on sale on toytoni.com using the correct double stemmed bubble for this figure. Cloud Car Pilot has not been seen for sale on toytoni.com.

ROTJ 65A CARDBACK

The release of the first 17 set of ROTJ figures gave rise to the 65A card variation. The ROTJ logo on the front of the card has a black border underneath the Jedi text in the ROTJ logo in  a similiar way to the 45B variation. The Ages 4 and up text now appears on the top left hand corner of the card with the same text in German underneath it. On the top right hand corner the text is repeated in French, Dutch and Italian. This was a pre-cursor to the Tri-Logo cards which featured the ROTJ logo in English, Spanish and French. The back of the card shows the new range of figures which were available which was 65. The Nien Nunb special offer which is on the back of the 45C variation is repeated and has been moved further down the card to make way for the new figures. 2 of the new figures, Logray (Ewok Medicine Man) and Chief Chirpa are blacked out on the card. This was because initially, the Ewok characters were to be kept a secret that would be found out when the film was seen for the first time. The bottom right hand corner of the back of the card has (ROJ/2) followed by the letters HN afterwards and slightly lower down. This is the factory code indicating where the cards were made. This is a natural progression from (ROJ1) on the 45C variation. The HN letter code indicates that these cards were manufactured in Asia by the Palitoy (Far East) Ltd company. The first letter H of this code indicates the factory location, Hong Kong in this case. Like with the 45CN variation the punch is perforated on this card.

The earlier Star Wars and ESB figures came out on the 45C and 65D cards. There are no other figures on this card variation. The mail away offer Nien Nunb has only been seen on a Tri-Logo card and may not have appeared on this card variation.

There is a sub variation of this card which is made in Taiwan rather than made in Hong Kong and is known as 65AW. It says Made in Taiwan rather than Made in Hong Kong on the bottom right hand corner on the front of the card. On the back the letters TJ follow the (ROJ/2) rather than HN. Here, the first letter T indicates the factory location was in Taiwan. Admiral Akbar and General Madine are the only 2 figures known to exist on this sub variation, and do not appear on the 65A variation. There are also two sub variations where the letters HG and HT follow the letters (ROJ/2) on the bottom right hand corner on the back of the card. The sub variation 65AG with the letters HG has been seen on the Logray (Ewok Medicine Man) and Biker Scout figures. The letter code HG indicates the cards were made in Hong Kong in the Kader Industries factory, where all the early card variations were made. The sub variation 65AT with the letters HT has only been seen on the Biker Scout figure and indicates the cards were made in Hong Kong in the Unitoy factory.

In the Netherlands, the 65A variation and also the 65B and 65C were sold with a wrap round Clipper sticker. The front of the card has the sticker on the right hand bottom corner with the same text that features on the 45BN in the tilted white box. The back of the card has the Clipper sticker on the lower half of the card covering up the English text that is there. Since this was not made up to be a Palitoy card, but a Clipper card, it is not given a sub variation on the Palitoy cardback guide. 

There are also examples that have an additional tearaway mini catalogue added over the wrap round Clipper sticker on the back of the card. Some also have a small round yellow star sticker on the front of the card in the top right hand corner of the card that says Nieuwe Premies Nouvelles Primes. The phrase is the Dutch and French for New Rewards.

Some Palitoy overstock was sent to North American retail stores. Here is an example of a 65A with a Kenner free coin offer sticker attached that was sold at Wal-Mart.

This card variation saw the first appearance of the Tri-Logo style bubble. This is a large rectangular bubble with rounded corners. The bubble is quite thin and easily damaged so it is hard to find MOC examples with this bubble which are in good condition. The figure tends to rattle around inside the bubble. This card variation also had double stemmed bubbles found on 45 back cards. There a few figures that had different sized bubbles from the Tri-Logo bubble, some with numbers embossed on the bubble in the bottom right hand corner. Rees Yees used 016A, Klaatu used 015A and Weequay used 013A. Some numbers were embossed across the bottom of the bubble. Chief Chirpa used 04A and Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight Outfit) used 013C.

A shaped bubble that fits round the head and shoulders of the figure can be seen on the Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight) figure as well as a Tri-Logo and double stemmed bubbles.

Two figures appeared with bubble variations with a special bubble with a smaller upper bubble above the main bubble to hold the figure’s detachable helmet. Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard Disguise) had a Tri-Logo style bubble and three different versions of this special bubble. The first had a main bubble with a flat bottom, the second had a double stem and the third had a single stem on the right hand side for the weapon. This gives four bubble variations in total.

Princess Leia Organa (Boussh Disguise) also had this bubble with the separate bubble for the helmet. The first version had a main bubble with a flat bottom, the second had a very small single stem, the third had a double stem and the fourth had a single stem on the right hand side for the weapon, giving four bubble variations in total.

ROTJ 65B CARDBACK

The 65B card variation is almost identical to the 65A variation. The front of the card is the same and there are two small differences on the back of the card. The trademark information on the bottom left hand corner has changed from 5 lines to 4 and is in a larger font. This matches the trademark information on 65C cards which are known to come later than the 65A, making this card the 65B. The other difference is that letters HN no longer appears after the (ROJ/2) text on the bottom right hand corner. This indicates that these cards were manufactured in the Coalville factory in the UK while the 65A cards were manufactured in Hong Kong. So the 65A and 65B card variations happened at the same time, but in different factory locations. The punch is unperforated compared to the 65A card which is perforated.

The same set of 17 ROTJ figures were released on this card.
 
In the Netherlands, the 65A variation and also the 65B and 65C were sold with a wrap round Clipper sticker. The front of the card has the sticker on the right hand bottom corner with the same text that features on the 45BN in the tilted white box. The back of the card has the Clipper sticker on the lower half of the card covering up the English text that is there. Since this was not made up to be a Palitoy card, but a Clipper card, it is not given a sub variation on the Palitoy cardback guide. 
 

This card featured Tri-Logo style bubbles or double stemmed bubbles found on 45 back cards. There is also a very rare curved double stemmed bubble that came on on this card variation. This has only been seen on Logray. There is also a rectangular bubble that came on Logray which has rounded corners on the backplate which has gaps at the bottom of the bubble seal showing it was sealed on the same machine as the one used for double stemmed bubbles.

ROTJ 65C CARDBACK

The 65C card variation came out shortly after the 65A and 65B variation. The card is the same as the 65B on the front and has 2 differences from the 65B on the back of the card. The major difference is that the mail away offer has been changed to the Chewbacca Bandolier Strap, which you could wear round your body like Chewbacca and you could put action figures into it rather than ammunition. This required 5 names tags plus a cheque or postal order for £3.50 to be sent to the given Palitoy address. The text to the left of the Palitoy text has changed from Offer open to U.K. residents only which was on the 65A and 65B to Offer ends January 31st 1984 followed by Open to U.K. residents only. Some cards have the line with the closing date blacked out with a black marker pen, presumably to extend the period of the special offer. The text (ROJ/2) is in the bottom right hand corner of the card. The punch is either perforated or unperforated on this card variation. This card was manufactured in the Coalville factory in the UK.

Like with the 65A and 65B only the first set of 17 ROTJ figures were released on this card.

There is a sub variation of this card which is made in China rather than made in Hong Kong and is known as 65CC. It says Made in China rather than Made in Hong Kong on the bottom right hand corner on the front of the card. On the back the letters HG follow the (ROJ/2) text. Rebel Commando is the only figure known to exist on this sub variation. There is also a sub variation where the letters HG follow the letters (ROJ/2) on the bottom right hand corner on the back of the card. This sub variation is 65CG and has been seen on the Logray (Ewok Medicine Man) and Bib Fortuna figures. This factory code HG indicates that these cards were manufactured in Asia by the Palitoy (Far East) Ltd company. The first letter H denotes the factory location which is in Hong Kong. The second letter denotes the factory. The letter code HG indicates the cards were made in Hong Kong in the Kader Industries factory, where all the early card variations were made. The 65CC cards which have Made in China on the front of the card and a Hong Kong factory code on the back of the card are because Kader Industries moved their Hong Kong factory to Shekou in mainland China in 1983. Since the factory code was established, it was left unchanged. This also shows that 65CC cards were manufactured later than 65CG cards.

In the Netherlands, the 65A variation and also the 65B and 65C were sold with a wrap round Clipper sticker. The front of the card has the sticker on the right hand bottom corner with the same text that features on the 45BN in the tilted white box. The back of the card has the Clipper sticker on the lower half of the card covering up the English text that is there. Since this was not made up to be a Palitoy card, but a Clipper card, it is not given a sub variation on the Palitoy cardback guide.

The example shown below has additional Spanish stickers applied over the Clipper stickers indicating that the card was offered on the Dutch market initially and then shipped to Spain for sale there. The yellow Spanish sticker on the front of the card is the same as is seen on Spanish PBP cards. It says 1 Figura Gratis Mira Las Instrucciones Al Dorso which translated into English says 1 Figure Free See Instructions on Back.

This is an Italian sticker that appeared on a Biker Scout on this variation.

This card featured Tri-Logo style bubbles with rounded corners and square corners on the back plate. Logray and Squid Head have a regular size Tri-Logo style bubble and Gamorrean Guard has a very large square Tri-Logo style bubble.

This card also featured double stemmed bubbles found on 45 back cards. Squid Head also has a double stemmed bubble.

This card variation also saw the use of rectangular bubbles with square corners and rounded corners on the back plate for some figures. These rectangular bubbles come in a variety of different sizes.

This card variation was in the stock of unused cardbacks acquired by Toy Toni after the Palitoy factory closed and subsequently made into MOC with unused bubbles. There are only a few 65C unused cardbacks. They were 86 Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard Disguise), 81 Logray (Ewok Medicine Man), 60 Squid Head, 31 Gamorrean Guard and 30 Princess Leia Organa (Boussh Disguise). Rectangular bubbles with square corners and rounded corners on the back plate were used by Toni and these bubbles are not seen on shop sold examples for the figures he used them on for this card variation. The double stemmed bubble for Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard Disguise) is due to Toni. Also, the rectangular bubble with square corners for Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard Disguise), Logray, Squid Head and Gamorrean Guard are due to Toni. 

Lastly, the single stemmed bubble for Princess Leia Organa (Boussh Disguise) is due to Toni. 65CC and 65CG variations are unaffected and are not Toy Toni stock.

ROTJ 65D CARDBACK

The 65D card variation has the same front as the 45C variation. This makes it look different from the 65A, 65B and 65C variations. The text Ages 4 and over only appears once in English on the top right hand corner on the front of the card. The ROTJ logo has no black border underneath the word Jedi on the ROTJ logo any more. The back of the card is the same as the 65C variation with the Chewbacca Bandolier Strap Special Offer. The text with the closing date for the special offer can also be blacked out with black marker pen like the 65C variation. The text (ROJ/2) is in the bottom right hand corner. The punch is unperforated on this card variation. The 65C and 65D card variations were produced at the same time, in the Coalville factory in the UK.

Only Star Wars and ESB figures can be seen on this card variation. ROTJ figures came out on the 65A, 65B and 65C variations. The original Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) and See-Theepio (C-3PO) figures are known not to have appeared on this card. There are no known examples for figures that also appeared on the 70A variation. These are Greedo, Hammerhead, Snaggletooth, Bespin Security Guard (White), Cloud Car Pilot and  Bespin Security Guard (Black). It may be the case that these don’t exist. About half of the other figures are known to have been produced but some are quite rare with only a few known examples.

There is a sub variation where the letters HG follow the letters (ROJ2) on the bottom right hand corner on the back of the card. This card was manufactured in Asia by the Palitoy (Far East) Ltd company. The factory code was added to differentiate the card from the 65D variation which was manufactured in the Coalville factory in the UK. The first letter H denotes the factory location which is Hong Kong. The second letter denotes the factory. HG was Kader Industries, where all of the early card variations were made. This sub variation is known as 65DG and has only been seen on the Darth Vader figure. 

In the Netherlands, the 65D variation was sold with a wrap round Clipper sticker. The front of the card has the sticker on the right hand bottom corner with the same text that features on the 45BN in the tilted white box. The back of the card has the Clipper sticker on the lower half of the card covering up the English text that is there. Since this was not made up to be a Palitoy card, but a Clipper card, it is not given a sub variation on the Palitoy cardback guide. 

There are also examples that have an additional tearaway mini catalogue added over the wrap round Clipper sticker on the back of the card. Some also have a small round yellow star sticker on the front of the card in the top right hand corner of the card that says Nieuwe Premies Nouvelles Primes. The phrase is the Dutch and French for New Rewards.

This card featured used Tri-Logo style bubbles which have rounded bubble corners and square corners on the back plate.

This card also saw the use of double stemmed bubbles used on 45 back cards.

Lastly, this card variation also saw the use of rectangular bubbles with square corners and rounded corners on the back plate for some figures. These rectangular bubbles come in a variety of different sizes. 

C-3P0 (Removable Limbs) has a black plastic sack for the unassembled figure so it can be carried by Chewbacca and from this card variation onwards to Tri-Logo, this black plastic sack came in a clear plastic bag inside the bubble. There are also examples where the clear plastic bag is not present.

Some cards were sent to Spain for packaging with PBP figures and sale on the Spanish market. The Han Solo Hoth shown here is a PBP figure with a Tri-Logo style bubble. It also has a PBP type Imperial Blaster. The Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear) is the PBP figure and comes with a single stem bubble with a folded footplate, both of which are not seen in general on this card variation. This also indicates that the card was not packaged in the Coalville factory in the UK, but in Spain. 

This card variation was the last variation in the stock of unused cardbacks acquired by Toy Toni after the Palitoy factory closed and subsequently made into MOC with unused bubbles. The two most  common unused cardbacks were 1234 C-3P0 (Removable Limbs) and 1126 Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear). Then 143 Chewbacca, 105 Luke Skywalker (Hoth Battle Gear) and 39 AT-AT Driver. Toni used rectangular bubbles with square corners and these are the correct bubbles for some of these figures like C-3P0 (Removable Limbs), Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear) and Chewbacca. Not for Luke Skywalker (Hoth Battle Gear) where a Tri-Logo style bubble is used on the genuine card. Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear) can also be found with a Tri-Logo style bubble and this is also a genuine card. And AT-AT Driver uses a Tri-Logo style bubble or narrower rectangular bubble with square corners on the genuine card. 

Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear) can also be found with a narrower double stem that Toni used on the 45B variation. A lot of these cards have iron marks and melted bubbles which show that they are early efforts at attaching bubbles to unused cardbacks. It can also be found with the infamous upside down single stemmed bubble with 03 embossed in the corner also normally seen on the 45B variation, and many of these cards also have iron marks visible. It can be seen that the head of the figure fits in the gap from the single stem of the bubble which would explain why the bubbles for this figure had to be put on upside down.

The most common figure C-3P0 (Removable Limbs)  has an easily identifiable tell that indicates the MOC came from Toy Toni. The unused cardback for this card has a printing flaw visible on the front of the card that can only be seen on the few unused cardbacks that are out there, and almost all of Toy Toni’s MOCs. This is because the batch of unused cards for this figure all came from the same printing batch with the same printing flaw. The flaw is that there is a red dot visible between the two diagonal lines underneath the first letter M of the C-3PO Removable Limbs name on the front of the card. This red dot is not visible on almost all shop sold cards so the absence of this red dot indicates a genuine factory sealed MOC. The red dot is shown on the left hand side picture of an AFA 90 graded example, and cannot be seen on the used cardback shown in the picture second from left. Also the lack of clear plastic bag for the black plastic sack is another indication that the card is not genuine, but there are some genuine examples without the clear plastic sack and without the red dot. The genuine card with the clear plastic bag does not have the red dot printing flaw either, as can be seen in the picture second from right. The genuine example without the clear plastic sack is also missing the red dot as can be seen in the right hand side picture.

Lastly, despite using the correct rectangular bubble, there is another tell for this figure. On the shop sold example below it can be seen that the bubble is not sealed in the two areas where the double stem would be if the bubble being sealed was double stemmed. This is because the machine in the factory that sealed the bubbles was set up so that it could seal both double stemmed bubbles and rectangular bubbles without machinery parts needing to be changed. Tri-Logo style bubbles with rounded corners with square corners on the back plate were also used on this figure, but they are rare, the example shown above also has the clear plastic bag. If you have this style bubble then the card is also genuine. There are also rare examples of a wider double stemmed bubble being used which can also be seen above which is genuine too.

Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear) can be found with a Tri-Logo style bubble and this is a genuine card. It also has the same tell on the rectangular bubble that Toni used as C-3P0 (Removable Limbs). On the shop sold example on the left it can be seen that the bubble is not sealed in the two areas where the double stem would be if the bubble being sealed was double stemmed. The used cardback in the middle has a bubble imprint which is similar to the impression left by a double stemmed bubble. The Toni on the right is completely sealed at the bottom of the card in comparison and this can be used to tell it apart from a genuine example. A narrower rectangular bubble was also used on genuine shop sold examples and this can also be seen above.

On the double stem bubble, it can bee seen that the genuine bubble is wider than the narrow double stem bubble used by Toni. The distance between the stems is wider and the backplate is also wider on the shop sold example. The angle between the top of the double stemmed bubble is more pronounced on Tonis bubbles making them look more pointy, whereas on genuine double stemmed bubbles there is no angle and they don’t look pointy.

Chewbacca had a number of genuine bubbles. On the left is a Tri-Logo style bubble with rounded corners with square corners on the back plate. Second from left is a wide rectangular bubble with square corners with rounded corners on the back plate. This bubble was less common than the narrower rectangular bubble second from right. This last genuine bubble is also the bubble that Toni used which can be seen on the right.

This rectangular bubble can be seen with a similar tell to the rectangular bubble for Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear). The shop sold example on the left is not sealed at the bottom of the card whereas on the Toni example on the right it is sealed.

Toni used the wrong bubble for Luke Skywalker (Hoth Battle Gear). The genuine example on the left uses a Tri-Logo style bubble with rounded corners with square corners on the back plate. You can see the square corners left in the imprint in the used cardback in the middle. The Toni on the right uses a rectangular bubble with square corners and rounded corners on the back plate.

For AT-AT Driver, the Tri Logo Style bubble with rounded corners with square corners on the back plate was used as can be seen on the left. You can see the square corners left in the imprint in the used cardback second from left. A rectangular bubble with square corners with rounded corners on the back plate was also used as can be seen on the shop sold example second from right. The bubble used by Toni was wider than this as can be seen on the right.